Fremont Street

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Fremont Street is a street in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is the second most famous street in the Las Vegas Valley after the Las Vegas Strip. Named in honor of explorer John Charles Frémont and located in the heart of the downtown casino corridor, Fremont Street is (or was) the address for many famous casinos such as Binion's Horseshoe, Eldorado Club, Fremont Hotel and Casino, Golden Gate Hotel and Casino, Golden Nugget, The Mint, and the Pioneer Club.

Prior to the construction of the Fremont Street Experience, the western end of Fremont Street was the picture of Las Vegas that was included in virtually every television show and movie that wanted to display the lights of Las Vegas. The abundance of neon signs, like cowboy Vegas Vic, earned the street the nickname of Glitter Gulch.


Fremont Street's illuminated "Space Frame"

Fremont Street dates back to 1905, when Las Vegas itself was founded. Fremont Street was the first paved street in Las Vegas in 1925[1] and received the city's first traffic light in 1931.[2] Fremont Street also carried the shields of U.S. Route 93 (US 93), US 95, and US 466 before the construction of the interstates.

While gambling was well established prior to being legalized, the Northern Club in 1931 received one of the first 6 gambling licenses issued in Nevada and the first one for Fremont Street.

Glitter Gulch was closed to vehicle traffic in September, 1994 to begin construction on the Fremont Street Experience.

Film and media history[edit]

Fremont East[edit]

Fremont East district entrance arch.

In 2002 the city of Las Vegas created the Fremont East Entertainment District (FEED), an entertainment district in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. [3] In 2006 the city announced plans to redevelop a three block section of Fremont Street east of the Fremont Street Experience as an arts and entertainment area within FEED. The $5.5 million streetscape improvement project was part of a plans to revitalize Downtown Las Vegas.[4]The area was redesigned to increase the draw to downtown, with a compact entertainment area of bars and clubs.[5][6]

The three-block renovation included pedestrian-friendly street redesign, landscaping, and retro-looking new neon signage. It also included 4 vintage Vegas neon signs in the street median, restored and curated by the Neon Museum. Fremont East opened in the summer of 2007. [3]

Currently, the Fremont East Entertainment District comprises a total of six blocks. The boundaries are from Las Vegas Boulevard East to 8th Street, and then from Ogden Street South to Carson. [3] The historic El Cortez hotel and casino are within the district. Beyond this district on Fremont businesses include The Writer's Block and the bulk of Tony Hsieh's Downtown Project.


  1. ^ "Fremont Street History". Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "Fremont Street Experience Las Vegas". Retrieved 2010-04-24. 
  3. ^ a b c Fremont East Entertainment District (FEED) . accessed 5.5.2015
  4. ^ "New district is all about old Las Vegas". Las Vegas Sun. 2007-01-18. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  5. ^ "PHOTOS: Fremont East Gets Glamour Treatment". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2007-08-25. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 
  6. ^ "Third Street has potential to be night life magnet". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2004-09-18. Retrieved 2007-08-27. 

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Coordinates: 36°09′35″N 115°07′07″W / 36.15972°N 115.11861°W / 36.15972; -115.11861